Our Extraordinary Senior 2019 is Marion Dixon!
Congratulations to Marion Dixon for winning the 2019 Extraordinary Seniors Award!
Marion grew up in la Belle Province, in Montreal. Back in Quebec, Marion volunteered her time as a Girl Guide and Brownie Leader. She also spent time working as a volunteer radio operator for the Quebec government. After moving to British Columbia in 1977, Marion found work as a private secretary and later as an activity aid. But what she’s most proud of? Marion has two beautiful children and grandchildren — and three adorable “grand-dogs”. Congratulations Marion!
Meet the Award Finalists 2019
Nominee: Kehar Singh Aujla
Meet Kehar, one our finalists for the 2019 Extraordinary Senior Award! Kehar is an all-star volunteer in his Burnaby community. He’s spent time volunteering at Burnaby General Hospital, City Hall, Burnaby Village Museum, the Shadbolt Centre for the arts and at his own Sikh Temple. Kehar, who moved to Canada from India in 1996, is also a volunteer grandfather! He regularly spends time with a Burnaby-area family who has three children aged 4,6 and 8, filling in for their grandparents who live out of province. Kehar has done so much volunteer work that he considers himself to be a “professional volunteer”— and more than that, he’s an Extraordinary Senior!
Nominee: Vivian Edwards
Vivian supports her community of Ashcroft, B.C. in a variety of ways. She’s been a volunteer with the Federal Tax Program for 15 years, providing assistance to seniors and low-income tax payers. Vivian is also instrumental in keeping the community Health Centre open and operating as part of the Wellness and Heath Action Committee, tirelessly working to improve the health and medical system in Ashcroft. Despite two major hip operations, Vivian continues to be one of the hardest working and most helpful citizens in the community. Congratulations Vivian!
Nominee: Merv McKague
When Merv isn’t running 10k in just under an hour, he’s probably volunteering at the Ashcroft HUB Society — a community centre he was instrumental in creating. After an elementary school was closed, the small town of Ashcroft, B.C. was worried that residents wouldn’t be able to access the same level of services as before. But thanks to Merv and a group of others, the old elementary school building has been repurposed and now the HUB offers wellness, recreation and arts services and programs that are accessed more than 3000 times per month! What’s even more impressive? He almost singlehandedly set up the entire fitness centre at HUB.
Nominee: Stan Fryer
A longtime resident of White Rock, B.C., Stan has been serving his community for years, encouraging everyone around him to enjoy a positive, healthy lifestyle. Not only does he volunteer as a pickleball coach, and has taken up Ballroom dancing, he is an active facilitator and supporter of the Alzheimer’s society. He was the primary caregiver for his beloved wife Shirley for 18 years after she was diagnosed with the disease. Though it was a challenging time for Stan and his family, you’ll always find him with a smile on his face and sharing his love and joy for life with all he comes in contact with. Congratulations Stan!
Nominee: John Block
John’s contributions to his community are almost too many to count. He’s been intimately involved in the Rotary Save-On-Foods Gift Card Program — a program that has generated more than $165,000 in donations to the White Rock / South Surrey Food Bank. What’s more, through his family foundation, the Block Family Foundation, John has lent support to elderly patients at Peace Arch Hospital, helping to create a program that makes sure seniors have a safe ride home when they leave the hospital. He also financially supported the local free Dental Clinic for low-income individuals when it was about to shut down. John is a very private person who doesn’t seek recognition, but his contributions to the community are nothing short of extraordinary.